APC Drums Support For Obaseki, Says PDP Appeal Unnecessary

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo StateThe All Progressives Congress (APC) says the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not necessary, in view of the explicit nature of the judgement of the tribunal on the Edo State governorship election.

Speaking to Channels Television, the State Chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua, urged the PDP to support Governor Godwin Obaseki in moving the state forward.

“The judgement of the tribunal was very explicit and very clear. It was comprehensive and any right thinking person should know that from the very beginning, they did not have a case.

“They claimed they had 800 witnesses but they came up with 91 witnesses. Out of the 91 witnesses, only 27 of them were relevant to the case and even those 27 were all discredited under cross-examination, and the tribunal concluded that the PDP had witnesses but no evidence. What that means is that they had no case ab initio,” he said.

Mr Ojezua noted that he had called on PDP members in the state to shun political sentiments and join the APC-led administration, saying it was time for governance.

“I think that was instructive sufficiently. I issued a statement earlier in which I invited them. This is not a time for politics, this is time for governance. I suspect maybe they are looking at 2019; there will be no 2019 for PDP in Edo State.

“It is very clear from the way Governor Obaseki is handling governance in Edo State, this is a new dawn of a new era. They should key in now that they still have time, the train is leaving and they will be left behind,” he said.

Edo Governorship Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 12

Edo Governorship Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 12
Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state 2016 governorship election tribunal sitting in Benin City, the state capital has again adjourned till December 12, to commence pre-trial.

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his party, challenged the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Mr Ize-Iyamu had rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire, as he alleged that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

Meanwhile, the tribunal had ordered the petitioners to file their application and serve the respondents by December 3, while the respondents were also expected to respond by December 5.

Before adjourning the case however, the tribunal insisted that its earlier order regarding the inspection of materials used for the election must be obeyed.

Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), had announced Godwin Obaseki as winner of the Edo state governorship election.

The APC supporters took to the major streets of Benin City, to celebrate their party’s victory, after what they described as free, fair and credible polls.

 

Edo 2016 Election Tribunal Adjourns Till Dec. 7

Edo 2016 Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 7The Edo state governorship election tribunal sitting in Benin City, the state capital has adjourned till December 7, to commence hearing on the separate applications by counsel to the petitioners and respondents in the case.

Meanwhile, the tribunal has ordered the petitioners to file their application and serve the respondents by Saturday, December 3, while the respondents are also expected to respond by Monday, December 5.

The petitioners are Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while the respondents include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

Yobe State To Hold LG Election In February 2017

Yobe SIEC To Hold LG Poll in February 2017, election observer, welfare, security personnel, Edo electionThe Yobe state Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) will conduct elections into the 17 Local Governments of the state on February 11, 2017.

The decision was reached in a stakeholders meeting held at the commission’s office in Damaturu the state capital.

The meeting, which was presided over by the Executive Chairman of the commission, Mohammed Jauro, had in attendance various political parties, security agents, and the media among others.

It deliberated on some key issues that will ensure free, fair and credible elections.

Addressing stakeholders at the meeting, Mr Mohammed Jauro, said that the meeting was in line with the provision of the electoral time table which recommends that interested parties meet at least 90 days before the election.

It affords the stakeholders the opportunity to scrutinize the election time table, days for submission of nomination forms, compilation of lists of candidates, verification of the substituted candidates by the commission among others as presented by the commission.

The Executive chairman urged the stakeholders to give their all by mobilizing their followers along the line of peace for a hitch-free exercise.

“To conduct a free and fair election, we need a serine environment and a level ground by following the rules of the game

“This is why we all gathered here as stakeholders in this game to rub minds and freely discuss ways and means of conducting smooth, free, fair and credible election in all the 17 Local Government Councils in the state” Mr Jauro said.

He commended the improved security situation and called on security agents to continue to maintain law and order for the success of the election.

He praised the roles exhibited by the stakeholders and expressed confidence that the commission would hold the best election ever.

Some of the stakeholders Umar Kukuri, Babayo Madugu and Adamu Chilariye in a chat with Channels Television lauded the commission’s efforts for the timely arrangement of the meeting in line with the Electoral Act.

They promised to mobilize their followers towards the maintenance of absolute peace before, during and after the election.

Edo Governorship Election: Another Observer Group Picks Holes In Process

Voters get accredited before voting
Voters get accredited before voting

An Election Observer Group, Election Monitor, is asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to pay attention to calls for the cancellation of the just concluded governorship election in Edo State.

The call is on grounds that widespread public outcry signifies dissatisfaction that should not be ignored.

Presenting the group’s election observation report to a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the National coordinator, Abiodun Ajijola, said the election had a high case level of vote buying and over-voting across the polling stations especially in Esako Local Government Area.

He says such acts give credence to such expressions of dissatisfaction.

Mr Ajijola also noted that while the election could be said to have been conducted effectively with regards to operation and conduct, the group observed unacceptable delay in collation of results which the electoral commission ought to address.

It is the second observer group  that is dismissing claims by the electoral body that the election was free and fair.

Another group, the Alliance for Credible Elections, (ACE), a civil society organisation, had expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of the September 28 governorship election.

The group claimed that the election was far from being free, fair and credible.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, the acting General Secretary of the organisation, Mrs Mma Odi, said that there was generally no secrecy in voting, as people voted in the full glare of party agents despite the presence of security agents.

But INEC says the governorship election was free and fair, dismissing allegations of bias and compromise by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP had alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the INEC had planned to rig the September 28 election at the collation centre in Benin City.

But an official of the electoral body said the election was conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Electoral Act.

INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, told Channels Television’s correspondent in Kaduna on Wednesday that the election was not fraught with irregularities, as being alleged by the PDP and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Osagie-Ize-Iyamu
Candidate of the peoples Democratic Party, Osagie Ize-Iyamu

He also debunked claims by the PDP that the commission deliberately delayed result of the election from the 18 Local Government Councils in Edo state in order to favour the ruling APC in the state.

“Checkmated Any Form Of Rigging”

He further explained that INEC deployed an electronic device during the election that tracked the collation of results from the polling units up to the last collation centre.

“These devices checkmated any form of rigging,” he stated.

Mr Soyebi further highlighted that with the peaceful conduct of the Edo election, the commission was determined to improve on the success during the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

INEC has come under criticism by some aggrieved persons since last week Thursday when it announced the results of the election that produced the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki as governor-elect in Edo State.

Another opposition party in the election APGA had before the announcement of the result called for total cancellation of the election, citing irregularities.

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Mr Osaro Onaiwu alleged that financial inducement and intimidation of party loyalists occurred during the poll.

“The election is going to be inconclusive because there is a lot of damage already. There was no election in Ologbo and Oluku and whatever result they are bringing out from these two places, it is not going to be accepted by us,” Mr Onaiwu said.

He is the first candidate in the election that has called for the cancellation of the election that had 19 contestants.

The election is said to have been peaceful, but with cases of ballot snatching reported.

Earlier, a member of the party monitoring the process at a polling unit, Stephen Edema, told Channels Television that the process had been smooth.

The Independent Electoral Commission had said the election was smooth and had progressed as expected.

Obaseki Receives Certificate Of Return

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Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented a certificate of return to the Edo state governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki following his victory in the Edo state governorship election.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the headquarters of the commission in Benin City, the Edo state capital, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Sam Olumekun, advised the Governor-elect to put the interest of the people first during his tenure.

Godwin Obaseki in his response said that his victory is proof that professionalism also pays in politics pledging to deepen democracy and build a people-oriented economy within the next four years.

Mr Godwin Obaseki emerged winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28 after polling a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.

The joy of his supporters knew no bounds as they took to the major streets of Benin City, the state’s capital to celebrate their party’s victory in what was described as a free and fair election.

This is was in spite of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu rejecting the results announced by INEC, alleging that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

WATCH VIDEO: PDP Candidate Rejects Edo Election Results

Both parties have since then been trading words over the fairness of the Edo election, with the ruling party insisting that it won the election fairly, having earned the victory through several achievements in the state in the past eight years.

The APC in Edo state has also described the PDP as “bad losers” for questioning the authenticity of the results announced by INEC.

Meanwhile, the national leadership of

PDP Candidate, Osagie-Ize-Iyamu
PDP Candidate, Osagie-Ize-Iyamu

the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined the Edo State chapter to reject the results of the governorship election and has vowed to reclaim what it called its “stolen mandate”.

“We did not lose the Gubernatorial Election in Edo State. We can therefore not be described as “bad losers” according to the APC State Chairman in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua. We were robbed by very shameless election riggers.

“We fully support the Edo Chapter of the PDP in the total rejection of the election results. We also fully endorse their determination to employ all legitimate means to reclaim their stolen mandate,” the party said.Obaseki

The national leadership of the APC are not deterred by the PDP’s threat as congratulatory messages continued to pour in for the Edo governor-elect.

Among them are messages from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and President Muhammadu Buhari, whose words particularly were singled out for condemnation by the PDP.

Job Creation

Mr Godwin Obaseki has also appeared only bothered about fulfilling “the key promise of his administration” which is job creation.

Speaking on Channels Television’s News At 10 few hours after INEC declared him winner of the Edo election, Obaseki said that creating an enabling environment for employment to thrive, through vocational training and skill acquisition programmes, is his immediate priority.

He explained that his approach would be first to document the available unemployment data in the state to form the basis of the implementation of his plans.

“These will include short term vocational training, skill acquisition and other technical trainings we need to provide them.

“The key here is trying to get people back to work, creating opportunities for them to work,” he said.

Also top on the mind of Mr Obaseki is building infrastructure and reforming the educational system in the state.

He described his victory as humbling yet deserved because of the hard work of his party in the state over the years.

“We have worked very hard over the last eight years to re-establish governance in Edo state. So we had a lot to show to our people and we were able to convince them why we needed to continue with the development strides we started about eight years ago,” Mr Obseki said.

INEC Insists Edo Election Was Free And Fair

edo state, governoship elections, APC winsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the September 28, 2016, Edo Governorship election was free and fair.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, told Channels Television in Kaduna on Wednesday that the election was not flawed with irregularities as being alleged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

He also debunked claims by the PDP that the commission deliberately delayed result of the election from the 18 Local Government Councils in Edo state in order to favour the ruling APC in the state.

He further explained that INEC deployed an electronic device during the election that tracked the collation of results from the polling units up to the last collation centre, and therefore checkmated any form of rigging.

Mr Soyebi said that with the peaceful conduct of the Edo election, the Commission is determined to improve on the success during the November 26, 2016 Governorship election in Ondo state.

INEC has come under criticism by some aggrieved persons since last week Thursday when it announced the election that produced the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki as winner of the Edo state governorship election.

Ajimobi Congratulates Obaseki, Says APC Will Not Disappoint

Abiola Ajimobi, youth, agricultureThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has assured the people of Edo State that the Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, and “the All Progressives Congress family” will not betray the trust and confidence reposed in them through their mandate.

The Governor gave the assurance through his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, in a congratulatory message to Obaseki, in Ibadan, on Saturday.

Ajimobi applauded the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, for entrusting the fate of the people of the state in the hands of Obaseki, whom he described as a worthy successor, capable of keeping up the momentum.

He thanked the people of Edo State for their resolve to keep faith with the APC, a development he attributed to the people’s appreciation of the massive socio-economic transformation the state had witnessed in the last eight years.

Ajimobi said: “The outcome of the keenly-contested election is a further confirmation of the confidence which the people of the state have in the APC as well as the present administration under the pragmatic leadership of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

“I must not fail to commend the APC campaign train in Edo State and the national campaign council chaired by my brother, Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State for a well-articulated and well-coordinated campaign that took them to the nooks and crannies of the state.

“I’m confident that the incoming governor will not betray the confidence the people reposed in him by giving him their mandate, given his impeccable antecedents as a good manager of men and resources.”

The Governor assured the people that Obaseki would build on the monumental achievements so far recorded by Oshiomhole through his people-oriented programmes, which had endeared him to the generality of the people of the state.

Ajimobi also called for continued support of the people for the APC-led Federal Government in its determination to take the country out of its present economic doldrums, stressing that they would have cause to smile when the efforts began to yield fruits.

Edo Election: PDP Vows To Reclaim ‘Stolen Mandate’

Edo Election, PDP, APC, Godwin Obaseki, stolen mandateThe national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined the Edo State chapter to reject the results of the governorship election held on Wednesday, September 30 in which APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki emerged winner.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the party aligned with its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s allegation that the election was flawed and that the PDP was robbed of the victory it deserved.

The PDP candidate alleged inducement of voters and collaboration of INEC and the state government to doctor the results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

WATCH VIDEO: PDP Candidate Rejects Edo Election Results

The statement also berated President Buhari’s congratulatory message to Godwin Obaseki after his declaration by INEC as winner of the election. The message, according to PDP “has finally revealed his hand in the Edo Guber Election imbroglio”.

“We note with sadness that he (Buhari) had never extended similar congratulatory messages or goodwill to PDP candidates who were victorious in various elections since he assumed office.

“In Bayelsa State where his party, with the support of security agencies virtually declared war on Governor Seriake Dickson and the people of Bayelsa, the President refused to congratulate the PDP candidate who, against all odds, managed to survive the APC onslaught.

“His aides claimed then that the President was not in the business of congratulating election winners. Why the sudden change of heart now if we may ask?

“The only plausible explanation is that the President was eager to confer legitimacy on an otherwise badly flawed election in which his party acted like Shina Rambo, the notorious Armed Robber. Only that this time they were robbing the people of their votes.

“The action of the President belies his statement that he belongs to nobody but belongs to everybody. The President has shown where he belongs. We recall that President Jonathan dutifully never failed to congratulate opposition candidates who won elections during his tenure including Adams Oshiomhole. That is what is expected of a statesman.

Bad Losers

The party also reacted to the Edo APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua’s post-election interview where he referred to the PDP as bad losers for questioning the authenticity of the results announced by INEC.

Mr Ojezua noted that the entire process of the Edo election had been described as peaceful, adding that the rejection of the election results by the PDP was “an act of a bad loser”.

“We did not lose the Gubernatorial Election in Edo State. We can therefore not be described as “bad losers” according to the APC State Chairman in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua. We were robbed by very shameless election riggers.

“We fully support the Edo Chapter of the PDP in the total rejection of the election results. We also fully endorse their determination to employ all legitimate means to reclaim their stolen mandate,” the party said.

Democracy In Danger

The PDP went further to warn that Nigeria’s democracy was “in grave danger”.

“Since the advent of this administration, no election has been free and fair. We go for elections as if we are going to war; and virtually all elections conducted by INEC have been either inconclusive or blatantly rigged.

“Today Rivers State has no representation in the National Assembly. No thanks to the powers that be.

“If we do not collectively rise to resist this anti people onslaught we might as well say bye bye to democracy,” the PDP stated.

 

Edo Election Observer Decries Handling Of Security Personnel Welfare

election observer, welfare, security personnel, Edo electionOne of the election observers that participated in the just concluded Edo state governorship election CLEEN Foundation, has expressed disappointment over the way the welfare of security personnel that participated in the election was handled.

The Senior Programme Officer for CLEEN Foundation, Chigozirim Okoro, told Channels Television in Benin City that some policemen were seen begging for food and transportation during the exercise as they were not paid their allowances.

He appealed to the Inspector General of Police to look into the matter.

Edo Governorship Election: Dogara Congratulates Obaseki On Victory

Yakubu Dogara, congratulates Godwin ObasekiThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki, on his victory at in the just concluded Edo governorship election.

In a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Mr Turaki Hassan, the Speaker said, “the Edo State governorship election was not won just by the APC and Godwin Obaseki, but by the people”.

“The conduct of the people of Edo State during the election was commendable, as reports have shown that the election was peaceful and no life was lost nor violence reported.

“The rest of the country would do well to emulate the people of Edo State subsequently”.

He added that “the APC’s victory in Edo State is a telling challenge for politicians and leaders, as  it has shown that the Nigerian voting population is now more aware than ever of the fact that delivering the dividends of democracy to those we lead guarantees that our party will always be favoured.

“Governor Oshiomhole has done very well in Edo State and it is safe to say that the APC’s victory was largely predicated upon his  record of performance in the state”.

Mr Dogara described the Governor-elect as a renowned technocrat whom he believed would government the state efficiently.

“I believe strongly that his vast knowledge and wealth of experience will translate to efficient and effective management of the affairs of Edo state.

“I would also like to thank the people of Edo state for placing their trust in our great party and choosing APC once again”, the Speaker added.

Key Promise Of My Administration Is Job Creation- Obaseki

Key promise, Obaseki, Job creationWinner of the Edo State governorship election, Mr Godwin Obaseki, says that “the key promise of his administration is job creation”.

He made the promise on Channels Television’s News At 10 on Thursday, few hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner of the Edo election.

Restating his commitment to fulfilling his campaign promises, Mr Obaseki said creating an enabling environment for employment to thrive, through vocational training and skill acquisition programs, is his immediate priority.

He explained that his approach would be first to document the available unemployment data in the state to form the basis of the implementation of his plans.

“These will include short term vocational training, skill acquisition and other technical trainings we need to provide them.

“The key here is trying to get people back to work, creating opportunities for them to work,” he said.

Also top on the mind of Mr Obaseki is building infrastructure and reforming the educational system in the state.

The Edo State governor-elect, has described his victory in the Edo state governorship election as humbling yet deserved because of the hard work of his party in the state over the years.

“We have worked very hard over the last eight years to re-establish governance in Edo state. So we had a lot to show to our people and we were able to convince them why we needed to continue with the development strides we started about eight years ago,” Mr Obseki said.

Ability To Raise Money

Nigerians have wondered how the state would generate the resources to execute the promises of the APC candidate, considering the current economic crisis the country is battling.

But Mr Obaseki, whose background is Investment Banking, was of the view that the money needed to create the bulk of the jobs required in Nigeria exists.

“It doesn’t take rocket science if you have the experience and the knowledge to do this,” he said, reeling out his pedigree in the financial system and expressing confidence in his ability to raise money for Edo state irrespective of expectations from the federal government.

“What people don’t realise is that today we earn about 25 billion from taxes alone outside of what we get from Abuja and the budget support we get from the World Bank, other multinational agencies and all other creative financing we can put in place.

“As long as you are efficient and you are honest about the way you spend public money, you will be able to find the money to do the critical things you need to do. It is about prioritization,” he said.

INEC declared Mr Godwin Obaseki winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28.

After the collation of results from the 18 local government areas, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate polled a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.